This volume presents a synthesis of new information about the responses of bryophytes and lichens to changing environmental conditions, particularly those brought about by human activities. Bryophytes and lichens are often treated independently, but as they commonly exist in association with each other and share similar characteristics, they are here described together. The environmental sensitivity of both types of organisms is truly remarkable. At various times the use of one group or the other has been recommended to indicate the presence of particular mineral deposits (geological prospecting), soil and site conditions (forestry), level of atmosphere and aquatic pollutants (biomonitoring), ages of rock surfaces (lichenometry), and historical continuity of forests cover (bioindication). Topics covered in this book include physiology, distribution, ecological function, and response to pollution and land management of these organisms.
'a comprehensive appraisal of current work ... The style and format have been well adhered to, to form a good continuous read despite the different authorship. All chapters conclude with numerous references, enabling the book not only to be, as claimed '... a synthesis of new information ...' but also to be respected as an excellent review and reference document - invaluable for the specialists in a variety of fields and a most interesting read even for the
Environmental Policy and Practice, Oct/Nov 1992
'a comprehensive appraisal of current work ... The style and format have been well adhered to, to form a good continuous read despite the multiple authorship. Maps, diagrams and tables are clear and complementary to the text ... to be respected as an excellent review and reference document - invaluable for the specialists in a variety of fields and a most interesting read even for the non-specialist.'
Environmental Policy and Practice/Volume 2/Number 2/1992
'this volume is essential reading for the bryophyte ecologist and for those concerned with impact assessments ... It should be bought by all major botanical and ecological libraries. The editors are to be congratulated on a well-produced and stimulating work.'
M.O. Hill, Journal of Bryology, Vol. 17 (3)
'impressive synopsis of current knowledge ... Students, researchers and those professionally involved in environmental impact assessment work will find this an invaluable source of reference.'
Habitat, Volume 28, No. 9, October 1992
'This is a timely volume ... this work should be of considerable interest to a wide readership of those concerned with the environment'
'Much new and topical information is presented ... This authoritative book is recommended to all ecologists interested in man's impact on the environment; you do not need to be a specialist in lower plants to understand its message.'
Oliver L. Gilbert, Biological Conservation, 1993, 64
'This book is very useful in bringing bryophytes and lichens together in one volume and in providing a synthesis of a great deal of recent information ... provides a valuable and satisfying overview of current knowledge of these two groups of species in our changing environment ... This book should be on the library shelves of any organisation concerned with any aspect of the environment.'
Sarah Woodin, Forestry, Vol. 66, No. 1, 1993
'The chapters are well documented and followed by detailed references ... the book can be recommended to all those working in the field of plant ecology.'
Hans Becker, Journal of Plant Physiology, Vol, 142 (1993)
'a timely volume ... This new volume scores in its scope and its concise treatment of the research performed in the decade ... It is a well produced, informative and stimulating synthesis which deserves to be widely read and used. It should be in all university libraries and owned by everybody with an interest in cryptogamic ecology.'
Frederick J. Rumsey, Annals of Botany 72, 1993
Heinjo J. During: Ecological classifications of bryophytes and lichens; Royce E. Longton: The role of bryophytes and lichens in terrestrial ecosystems; Bjartmar Sveinbjörnsson & Walter C. Oechel: Controls on growth and productivity of bryophytes: environmental limitations under current and anticipated conditions; Wilfred B. Schofield: Bryophyte distribution patterns; Lars Soderstrom: Invasions and range expansions and contractions of bryophytes;
Oliver L. Gilbert: Lichen reinvasion with declining air pollution; Dale H. Vitt & Peter Kuhry: Changes in moss-dominated wetland ecosystems; Francis Rose: Temperate forest management: its effects on bryophyte and
lichen floras and habitats; Rob Gradstein: The vanishing tropical rain forest as an environment for bryophytes and lichens; Dennis H. Brown: Impact of agriculture on bryophytes and lichens; Andrew M. Farmer, Jeffrey W. Bates, & J. Nigel B. Bell: Ecophysiological effects of acid rain on bryophytes and lichens; John A. Lee & Colin J. Studholme: Responses of Sphagnum species to polluted environments; Janice M. Glime: Effects of pollutants on aquatic species; A. Jonathan Shaw: The
evolutionary capacity of bryophytes and lichens; Species index; Subject index.